Feb 15, 2022

Father charged with murder after infant found dead in fire

Posted Feb 15, 2022 4:00 PM
Ecker-photo Johnson County
Ecker-photo Johnson County

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) β€” The father of an infant killed in a house fire in suburban Kansas City, Kansas, has been charged with first-degree murder and other counts in the case.

The fire was reported around 1 a.m. Sunday in Shawnee, and firefighters battling the flames found the body of the infant inside home. Television station WDAF reports that police later arrested 28-year-old Nicholas Adam Ecker.

Ecker was charged Monday in Johnson County Court Monday with first-degree murder and aggravated arson. Ecker is also charged with felony stalking, domestic aggravated assault and illegal possession of a firearm. He is being held on $1 million bond.


JOHNSON COUNTY β€”Law enforcement authorities investigating the  a  Sunday morning house fire that left a child dead have made an arrest, according to Major Jim Baker with the Shawnee, Kansas police department.

Just before 1a.m. Sunday, fire crews responded to the fire in a home at 10502 west 69th Terrace in Shawnee. When crews arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters located an infant boy inside the home who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Deputy Fire Chief Corey Sands.

On Monday, Police arrested 28-year-old Nicholas Ecker on requested charges of first-degree murder, stalking and aggravated domestic battery, according to online jail records.